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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Henrique Sessenou" <henri_20zm@hotmail.com>
Reply-To: alexbenha@yahoo.com
Date: Tue, 16 May 2006 10:43:24 +0000
Subject: Inquiry.

From: Henrique Sessenou
Accra-Ghana
Tel: +233-243-356493

Dear friend,

I am Mr. Henrique Sessenou the son of late Sir Benha Sessenou, the renowned
Zimbabwean wine and cattle farmer. I got your contact courtesy of the
Information directory.During the war waged against the farmers in Zimbabwe
by the supporters and cohorts of President Robert Mugabe to claim all the
white-owned farms in our country although my mother is a black and I am also
a black, my late father's big farms were among those targeted by the
ZANU-PF armed group.

In the course of the revolution in Zimbabwe, the ZANU-PF armed group
attacked and invaded my father's farms, burning, destroying and eventually
killing him. After my father's death last two years, I managed to escape to
Ghana, because my life was threatened and Zimbabwe was no longer safe for
me. Before he died he made some deposit in a security company worth US$5M
(Five Million US Dollars) in cash, bonds, important documents of property
title and other valuables.

The money and valuables were concealed and secured in one Treasure Box and
was transported through Diplomatic means. The box is currently safely
secured in the vaults of a private security firm in the Accra Ghana.
Presently, I am residing temporarily in Buduburam refegee camp in Ghana. I
am in a dilemma on how to move this money safely out of the security Deposit
Company for investments. It would be most dangerous to attempt investments
here, as such an attempt could jeopardize my chances.

In recognition of your personal executive powers and the investment
opportunities that abound in your country, I solicit for your assistance in
moving this money out of Africa. I will also like to use this money for
investments in your country. You will guide all my future investments in
your country and it will be operated on a partnership level. You will be
getting 20% of the total investment capital moved to your country as your
share for your assistance. The balance will be plunged into investment
projects.

Upon receipt of your indication of interest to go into co-operation with me,
we will open up discussions on the best ways to invest in your country.

NOTE: PLEASE SHOULD YOU NOT BE INTERESTED IN THIS PROJECT, KEEP IT TO
YOURSELF AND NEVER REVEAL IT TO ANY OTHER PERSON/S.

Awaiting your soonest response.

Best Regards,
Mr Henrique Sessenou

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